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The Thriller Award

The winners of the Thriller Awards are announced at ThrillerFest, an annual event hosted by the International Thriller Writers organization, to recognize the best books published in this genre from the previous year.


  • Best Novel Nominee:
    • Her Last Breath by Linda Castillo (Minotaur Books)
    • White Fire by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Grand Central)
    • Never Go Back by Lee Child (Delacorte Press)
    • Touch and Go by Lisa Gardner (Dutton)
    • Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (Scribner)
    • Criminal Enterprise by Owen Laukkanen (Putnam)
    • The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper (Simon & Schuster)
  • Best First Novel Nominee:
  • Best Paperback Original Nominee:
  • Best Short Story Nominee:
    • "Baggage of Eternal Night" by Eric Guignard (JournalStone)
    • "Waco 1982" by Laura Lippman (Grand Central)
    • "The Gallows Bird" by Kevin Mims (Ellery Queen)
    • "Footprints in the Water" by Twist Phelan (Ellery Queen)
    • "Doloroso" by Stephen Vessels (Ellery Queen)
  • Best Young Adult Nominee:
    • The Rules For Disappearing by Ashley Elston (Hyperion)
    • Scorched by Mari Mancusi (Sourcebooks Fire)
    • Escape from Eden by Elisa Nader (Merit Press)
    • All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill (Hyperion)
    • I Am The Weapon by Allen Zadoff (Little, Brown)
  • Best e-Book Original Nominee:
    • The World Beneath by Rebecca Cantrell (Rebecca Cantrell)
    • No Dawn For Men by James Lepore and Carlos Davis (The Story Plant)
    • The Burning Time by J. G. Faherty (JournalStone)
    • Terminus by Joshua Graham (Redhaven Books)
    • Out of Exile by Luke Preston (Momentum)
  • Best Novel: Spilled Blood by Brian Freeman (SilverOak)
  • Best Paperback Original: Lake Country by Sean Doolittle (Bantam)
  • Best First Novel: The 500 by Matthew Quirk (Little, Brown)
  • Best Short Story: "Lost Things" by John Rector (Thomas & Mercer)
  • Best Young Adult Novel: False Memory by Dan Krokos (Hyperion Books)
  • Best eBook Original Novel: Blind Faith by C. J. Lyons (C. J. Lyons)
  • Best Novel: 11/22/63 by Stephen King (Scribner)
  • Best Paperback Original: The Last Minute by Jeff Abbott (Sphere)
  • Best First Novel: Spiral by Paul McEuen (The Dial Press)
  • Best Short Story: "Half-Lives" by Tim L. Williams (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
  • Best Novel: Bad Blood by John Sandford (Putnam)
  • Best Paperback Original: The Cold Room by J. T. Ellison (Mira)Review of The Cold Room by J. T. Ellison
  • Best First Novel: Still Missing by Chevy Stevens (St. Martin's Press)Review of Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
  • Best Short Story: The God for Vengeance Cry by Richard Helms (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
  • Best Novel: The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner
  • Best Paperback Original: The Coldest Mile by Tom Piccirilli
  • Best First Novel: Running from the Devil by Jamie Freveletti
  • Best Short Story: A Stab in the Heart by Twist Phelan
  • Best Novel: The Ghost by Robert Harris
  • Best First Novel: Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
  • Best Paperback Original: The Midnight Road by Tom Piccirilli
  • Best Novel: The Patriots Club by Christopher Reich
  • Best First Novel: Improbable by Adam Fawer
  • Best Paperback Original: Pride Runs Deep by R. Cameron Cooke

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